Wednesday, May 27, 2009

She was my daughter

At "Del Tre" theatre in Catania (Sicily, Italy),
on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 2009, they will put on the play “She was my daughter" by Luigi Favara, directed by Giovanni Scuto, interpreted by Liliana Scalia, Stefania Micale, Cettina Giorgianni, Roberto Pricoco and Luigi Favara himself.

It is a drama coming from cultural activities of the association "Oltre le quinte", and talking about pedophilia using realistic and metaphysical descriptions, of reality theatre, avant-garde and greek tragedy, with pieces about Sicily and its traditions and enunciation of articles from the International Convention on the right of the Child.

“She was my daughter” talking about a mother emigrated from Sicily with her 13yo daughter in northern Italy, where she lives one of the worst nightmare of a parent: "the rape and the violent death of her daughter" because of a pedophile.

The purpose of the play is to put attention on this argument, reporting not only the crime but also the absence of the institutes which should protect the minors.

Pedophilia is a difficult argument, because of the moral and religious implication (think to Sex crimes and Vatican, 2006 scandal video about pedophile priests). Cinema, theatre and Literature often talk about pedophilia, sometimes with a difficult path, like "Animanera" (Blacksoul) by Raffaele Verzillo, a 2006 movie which found a distribution only 2 years later, and it was a flop. An italian masterpiece is "Death in Venice" by Luchino Visconti (1971), from the Thomas Mann's "The death in Venice”, talking the love between a 50yo musician and a polish teenager. We also remember "La mala educacion" by Pedro Almodovar which talk about two gay teenagers and a priest, Don Manolo; “Mystic River” directed by Clint Eastwood, winner of two Oscar and a Golden Globe; "Doubt" (2008), written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, adapted from the homonymous play. 1964, in a school in Bronx, a priest is suspected to have abused of a child; interpreted by Meryl Streep, nominated for this role at Academy Awards 2009.

excerpt from an article by Milena Vigneri

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